International scholarships to study abroad in the world’s best student cities

International scholarships to study abroad in the world’s best student cities

Do you want to further your education in one of the most vibrant and exciting student cities in the world? The Best Student Cities rating for this year places London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, Berlin, Montréal, Paris, Zurich, Sydney, Seoul, and Hong Kong in the top 10 (technically 11, since two cities share the top spot), Tokyo, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and Hong Kong (SAR).

If you are interested in attending college in one of these places but lack the financial means to do so, your search is over. Here is a hand-picked list of scholarships for international students in each of these cities. They are listed in the opposite order (10-1), based on where they finished on our annual list this year.

Because the requirements for each scholarship are different, it is important to read all of the information provided by each potential sponsor before sending in an application.

Please note that this page is updated yearly, and because the sponsors or institutions that open these scholarships may often change the period in which they accept applications, we may not keep up with these updates due to the volume of scholarships we publish here. Therefore, this page is basically intended to show you the endless opportunities you have to get a scholarship to study anywhere in the world. Simply click on the link to the scholarship you want to check the deadline for on the official website. Or click here to access our list of current scholarships. 

10. Scholarships to study in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR) is up two places in this year’s Best Student Cities, now sharing joint 10th place with fellow Asian megacity Seoul.

Universities in Hong Kong offering international scholarships:

10. Scholarships to study in SeoulSouth Korea

Seoul, one of Asia’s most exciting student cities, shares joint 10th place with Hong Kong (SAR) this year. Seoul has 18 universities with high rankings in the QS World University Rankings® 2020. There are also a lot of international students in Seoul. See below for funding opportunities.

General scholarships for South Korea:

Scholarships to study in Seoul:

Other universities in Seoul offering international scholarships:

9. Scholarships to study in SydneyAustralia

Sydney is ranked second for both the desirability and student mix indicators, which shows that the city’s diverse student population enjoys a laid-back lifestyle. Sydney also kept its second place in this year’s Best Student Cities ranking. See what scholarships are on offer below.

General Australian scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Sydney:

Other universities in Sydney offering international scholarships:

8. Scholarships to study in ZurichSwitzerland

Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, is ranked eighth in the Best Student Cities index. It is home to some of the best universities in Switzerland, including the sixth-best university in the world, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Unfortunately, studying in Zurich doesn’t come cheap, but here are some scholarships that can help:

General Swiss scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Zurich:

7. Scholarships to study in ParisFrance

Down two places to rank seventh in this year’s Best Student Cities, Paris is an iconic city packed with internationally ranked universities. See below for current scholarship opportunities to study in Paris.

General scholarships to study abroad in France:

  • Erasmus+ – A Europe-wide program led by the European Commission offers to fund international students looking to study in Europe.
  • Eiffel Scholarships in France for International Students – Master’s and Ph.D. scholarships available to international graduate students looking to study in Paris (and the whole of France) at selected institutions.

Scholarships to study in Paris:

Other universities in Paris offering international scholarships:

6. Scholarships to study in MontréalCanada

Montréal drops two places to rank sixth in this year’s city ranking but is the second most popular city according to students themselves (based on our student view indicator). The city offers an eclectic cultural mix and three world-leading universities.

General scholarships to study abroad in Canada:

Scholarships to study in Montréal:

Other universities in Montréal offering international scholarships:

5. Scholarships to study in BerlinGermany

Up two places in this year’s Best Student Cities index, Germany’s capital is one of the trendiest in Europe, as well as one of the most affordable, with free tuition at the bachelor’s and Ph.D. levels. However, there are still several scholarships available. Click here to see more scholarships to study in Germany.

General German scholarships:

  • DAAD Scholarships – The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels.
  • Erasmus+ – The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.

Scholarships to study in Berlin:

4. Scholarships to study in Munich, Germany

Up two places to rank fourth in this year’s Best Student Cities, Munich is ranked first according to the student view indicator and is known for its vibrant Bavarian culture and beer. Like Berlin, it gets a high score for how cheap it is, but because housing is more expensive, you may want to look for financial help.

General German scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Munich:

Other universities in Munich offering international scholarships:

3. Scholarships to study in MelbourneAustralia

As Australia’s top study destination, Melbourne is home to seven world-leading institutions, as well as a vast array of cultural and natural delights. See below for various funding opportunities to study in Melbourne. For more scholarships to study in Australia, click here.

General Australian scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Melbourne:

Other universities in Melbourne offering international scholarships:

2. Scholarships to study in TokyoJapan

Continuing to claim second place in the Best Student Cities list, Tokyo boasts 12 internationally ranked institutions and offers students the chance to explore one of the most iconic and exciting metropolises in the world.

General Japanese scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Tokyo:

Other universities in Tokyo offering international scholarships:

1. Scholarships to study in LondonUK

The UK’s cultural and economic hub, London, has been crowned the best student city in the world for the second time in a row this year and is home to 18 ranked institutions within the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

General UK scholarships:

Scholarships to study in London:

Other universities in London offering international scholarships:





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